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Where Altadena Voters Will Be in Final State Redistricting Maps

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission voted on Friday to approve its final maps for congressional and state legislative offices. There will now be a two week public review period before the final vote, but there will be no revisions to the map

A state redistricting commission approved its final maps for congressional and state legislative electoral districts on Friday, making it likely that they will become the voting districts until the next redistricting process in 10 years.

The final meeting of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission will be on August 15, according to the commission's spokesman Rob Wilcox.  At that point, the commission will either vote to finalize the maps, or reject them- there will be no further revisions before that deadline, Wilcox said (for more on the commission and its process ).

That means that the maps that have been released (which can be viewed at right or on an interactive map here) will most likely be the next state districts. 

In Altadena's case, the maps released Friday also differ greatly from the on June 10.  They also will be a clear change from the current existing electoral boundaries.

Congressional District

In the case of the congressional district, Altadena would no longer be divided into two districts as it currently is. 

Instead it would be part of a district that pushes south through Pasadena down to the 60 Freeway, including South Pasadena, San Marino, Rosemead, Monterey Park, and San Gabriel.  It also would have some foothill cities to the east, including San Marino and Glendora.

Altadena's current representatives, Adam Schiff and David Dreier, would reside in different districts, making it likely that they would not represent Altadena after the 2012 election.

Assembly District

Altadena's state districts would also see some significant changes.  In its current Assembly district, Altadena is grouped with Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge, Arcadia, and Monrovia as well as many southern cities like South Pasadena Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Temple City and elsewhere.

In the new district, Altadena would still be with Pasadena, South Pasadena, and Monrovia, but would also add Sierra Madre, as well as a grouping of cities in eastern Los Angeles County that are geographically linked to the the western cities only through the Angeles National Forest.

Those cities include San Dimas, parts of Claremont and La Verne, and Upland.

Altadena's current representative, Anthony Portantino, would no longer be a resident in the new district, but Portantino is termed out and has said .

State Senate District

In the state Senate district Altadena would again be with Pasadena, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre and those eastern cities, but also with La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Burbank, and Glendale. 

That would preserve a good portion of the current district which includes Pasadena, South Pasadena, La Canada, Burbank, and Glendale, as well as a parts of the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles.

Carol Liu, who currently represents Altadena, lives in La Canada Flintridge and would be eligible to run in Altadena's new district as well.

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Laura Monteros July 30, 2011 at 04:16 AM
So in what district could Portantino run for Congress? Schiff lives in Glendale, I believe, and that district will encompass Portantino's home in LCF. It's unlikely he would take on Schiff in a primary.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) July 30, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Laura, I think it is quite likely Portantino might consider running in this district. Residency is not actually a requirement for congressional seats, and Portantino has been a representative of most of the towns in this new district. However, I believe Judy Chu, the incumbent in the 32nd District, also resides in this district, so that complicates things. I'll be looking into this in more detail in the upcoming week.
Rayne Stewart August 02, 2011 at 07:54 PM
No! My husband and I have resided in Altadena for 43 years. We don't think this is a good move. We would like to keep Adam Schiff as our representative and have Carol Liu stay on board. Adam Schiff is well respected and should remain part of Altadena. Sincerely, The Stewarts

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